With our Buckeyes two weeks into their college football slate, we have gotten to experience some highlight plays from all levels of the field. However, this week kicked off the NFL season and Buckeye fans everywhere finally got to see the dominating performances from our former Buckeyes that we are used to seeing. Without further ado, here is how our former Buckeyes in the NFL performed during week one of the regular season.
- Michael Thomas: Can’t guard Mike showed off once again why he is one of the best receivers in football as he hauled in 16 (!!) passes for 180 yards and a touchdown in a 48-40 loss to Tampa Bay. Thomas was absolutely ridiculous the whole game and remains one of the key cogs in the explosive Saints offense. 16 catches sets both a personal record for Thomas and the Saints record for the most receptions in a single game in their franchise history.
- Darron Lee: DLee had undoubtedly the best game as a Jet last night as he totaled seven tackles, and two interceptions in the 48-17 demolishing of the Lions. The first interception ended up being a pick six, Lee’s first as a Jet. Lee was all over the field for the Jets and is one of the main attractions of the new, reformed defense they are looking to run.
- Denzel Ward: Playing in his first NFL game, Ward put on an absolute show for the Browns as he had six total tackles, including two interceptions and three passes defended to his name in the tie to the Steelers. Ohio State is churning out defensive backs like crazy over the past few seasons, and Ward is the latest to show how good they perform in the NFL. The quest for a third straight defensive rookie of the year award for a former Buckeye is off to a great start.
- Ted Ginn Jr: Also playing in the Saints – Bucs shootout was Ginn, who hauled in five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown for the Saints. Playing opposite of Thomas, Ginn uses his elite speed and home run ability to become one of the more reliable targets for Drew Brees.
- Ezekiel Elliott: Starting a new season where Zeke no longer has to deal with a potential suspension looming accounted for him carrying the ball 15 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Panthers. The highly talked about Cowboys offensive line has had some injury concerns this preseason, making the importance of Zeke in the running game even more important and apparent.
- Carlos Hyde: Hyde was the workhouse back for the Browns, as he carried the ball 22 times for 62 yards and a touchdown in the overtime tie to the Steelers. Hyde gave the Browns hard nosed, physical running on every carry in his first official game as a Brown. He is in a crowded backfield, but after one game, Hyde dominated the carries.
- Cameron Heyward: Heyward was back to his dominant ways as he accounted for seven tackles and a sack in the tie against the Browns. He is simply one of the better pass rushers in the league and is a threat to sack the quarterback every week.
- Raekwon McMillan: Playing in his first official NFL game, McMillan totaled six tackles in the Dolphins win over the Titans. McMillan looked explosive and fast, and has seemed to make a full recovery from his torn ACL that caused him to miss all of last season.
- Jerome Baker: Playing in his first NFL game as well, Baker had six tackles in the win over the Titans. Recently named a starting linebacker for the Dolphins, Baker used his speed and athleticism to his advantage as was all over the field.
- Mike Nugent: Nugent had a successful first game as a Raider as he went two for two on field goals and knocked in his only PAT of the night. He had a long of 48 yards, showing that he still has the leg to kick from distance.
- Cameron Johnston: In his first game punting in the NFL, Johnston put on an absolute show for the Eagles, punting six times with an average of 52.2 yards per punt. His long for the day was a 65 harder, and Johnston is quickly showing Eagle fans what a weapon he can be in special teams play.
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